It feels like there hasn't been much time for crafting this summer holiday. Moments have been snatched here and there (usually when we've been staying with friends and family) and I've had fun with a few little projects but not accomplished half of what I wanted to. So, instead of making the children something useful like PE bags (boring) ready for the start of school in September I thought, I know, it's absolutely essential that Bella and Angus have a felt fox and raccoon to play with. Their summer holiday will not be complete without them.
The pattern for these rather handsome little fellows comes from issue 23 of Mollie Makes. Yes, I am still working my way through my year-long subscription, determined to make one thing from each issue. I think issue 23 came out some time around February - I am quite behind, it's true, but very much enjoying browsing these old issues for inspiration. Funny how old fashion and interiors magazines sap my inspiration but old crafty pages do the opposite. Even if a certain pattern or idea has been aimed at a particular season, it's easy enough to change elements of it to suit me.
But I didn't change a thing about these animals - I followed the (very good) pattern to the letter and enjoyed every little stitch. I find this kind of hand sewing so relaxing and each one was completed in a couple of evenings.
And from issue 29, which I think came out fairly recently, I made these two little ice lollies, a Rocket and a Fab.
I was instantly drawn to their old school, ice cream van charm. I did deviate from the pattern though.
I edged the Rocket in straight stitch as the pattern said but thought it looked messy so I edged the Fab in blanket stitch. I love blanket stitch - it's so smooth and tidy looking. I could make those stitches for hours. Am I weird?
Ultimately the ice lollies will end up in Bella and Angus's toy shop, but in the meantime all of these goodies will be put in their holiday bags along with some other bits and bobs to keep them quiet and make them happy when we are away. I'm making new holiday bags - I'll show you them later in the week when they're finished. Ooh, holidays are coming!